European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment

The series Studies in Religion and the Environment/Studien zur Religion und Umwelt publishes academic works in the diverse fields of the Forum´s landscape of themes. It offers a unique possibility to share monographs, anthologies and contributed collections with the worldwide society of scholars who explore the interplay of religion, theology and spirituality on the one hand and nature, ecology and the environment on the other.

In accordance with the Forum’s mission , the series promotes scholarly and critical inquiry into the relationships between human beings and their diverse cultures, environments and religious beliefs and practices. As the Forum´s broader intention is to “offer an ‘open space’ to scholars in Europe as well as on other continents to share reflections about the interactions between religion and environmental matters in different historical, political, cultural, and geographical contexts”, the series offers a specific “place” to cultivate this interchange of reflections through its thematic profile and high scholarly quality.

Proposals for manuscripts, either in English or in German, –  from Forum members as well as from others – are welcome to the series editor, Prof. Sigurd Bergmann,

Proposals for manuscripts are welcome and would ask that in the first instance you submit a brief overview of the book or monograph (title, summary of content, author/s’ CV, number of images). We will then contact you requesting a more detailed proposal should your project receive a positive review from the Editorial Board.

Manuscripts will be peer refereed by members in the editorial board and other acknowledged scholars. The editorial board consists of:
Sigurd Bergmann, Norway, (general editor),
Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Germany,
Celia Deane-Drummond, UK,
Anders Melin, Sweden,
Peter Scott, UK, and
Sylvie Shaw, Australia.

The volumes of the series are published and distributed globally by LIT-Verlag/LIT-Publishing, Münster-Hamburg-Berlin, London, Vienna, Zürich,

Publications from the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment


The following four books have been published after the Forum’s biannual conferences in Bamberg 2007, Aabo2009, Chester 2011, and Sigtuna 2013.

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Nature, Space and the Sacred

Transdisciplinary Perspectives


Edited by Sigurd Bergmann, Peter M. Scott, Maria Jansdotter Samuelsson and Heinrich Bedford-Strohm

Nature, Space and the Sacred offers the first investigative mapping of a new and highly significant agenda: the spatial interactions between religion, nature and culture. In this ground-breaking work, different concepts of religion, theology, space and place and their internal relations are discussed in an impressive range of approaches. Weaving together a diversity of perspectives, this book presents an innovative and truly transdisciplinary environmental science. Its broad range offers a rich exchange of insights, methods and theoretical engagements.

Farnham: Ashgate 2009

edia of Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere

Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere

Edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Heinrich Bedford-Strohm

A collection of essays from top scholars in the field of Religion and Ecology that stimulates the debate about the religious contribution to ecological debate.

London and New York: T&T Clark International 2011


edia of Animals as Religious Subjects

Animals as Religious Subjects

Transdisciplinary Perspectives

Edited by Celia Deane-Drummond, Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser and David L. Clough

This book examines one of the most pressing cultural concerns that surfaced in the last decade - the question of the place and significance of the animal. This collection of essays represents the outcome of various conversations regarding animal studies and shows multidisciplinarity at its very best, namely, a rigorous approach within one discipline in conversation with others around a common theme. The contributors discuss the most relevant disciplines regarding this conversation, namely: philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, theology, history of religions, archaeology and cultural studies. The first section, Thinking about Animals, explores philosophical, anthropological and religious perspectives, raising general questions about the human perception of animals and its crucial cultural significance. The second section explores the intriguing topic of the way animals have been used historically as religious symbols and in religious rituals. The third section re-examines some Christian theological and biblical approaches to animals in the light of current concerns. The final section extends the implications of traditional views about other animals to more specific ethical theories and practices.

London and New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark 2013



Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred

Transdisciplinary Perspectives

Edited by Celia Deane-Drummond, Sigurd Bergmann and Bronislaw Szerszynski

Moving from a critical consideration of theories, to narratives about technology, and then to particular and specific practices, Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred seeks to arrive at a genuinely transdisciplinary perspective focusing attention on the intersection between technology, religion and society and using insights from the environmental humanities. It works from both theoretical and practical contexts by using newly emerging case studies, including geo-engineering and soil carbon technologies, and breaks open new ground by engaging theological, scientific, philosophical and cultural aspects of the technology/religion/nature nexus. Encouraging us to reflect on the significance and place of religious beliefs in dealing with new technologies, and engaging critical theory common in sociological, political and literary discourses, the authors explore the implicit religious claims embedded in technology.

Farnham: Ashgate 2015